Thursday 12 February 2015

How to Choose Ballet Barres for Beginners

Whether you’re more interested in dance or the physical benefits you can achieve from exercises that utilize a ballet barre, there are a number of reasons why you might be looking to buy your very first barre. There are a few useful things you should keep in mind when looking for ballet barres for beginners.

First, remember the fact that your are only a beginner. You don’t need a Pro Barre just yet. Look for one that was designed with beginners specifically in mind. It’ll be a little cheaper and that’s always good when you’re learning something new. When you first start learning piano you don’t start with a Steinway Grand, and the same is true for ballet barres. You should get a beginner or intermediate barre and build from there.

Some people might tell you that it’s better for beginners to start out on a permanent barre fixed into the wall because it can take more weight, but the truth is that you shouldn’t be leaning your entire weight on it anyway. If you’re using the barre as if it were the only thing keeping you from toppling to the ground, then you’re doing it wrong. You should view it as your partner, you place your hand on it and it teaches you balance, but it’s a tool, not a crutch.

A portable barre is in fact better for beginners for a number of reasons but one of them is very simple and practical. An attached barre really doesn’t offer anything more and it requires the bigger commitment of drilling holes into your wall, a step that many beginners might be unwilling to take so soon for their new interest.

Portability is also important if you’re going to be using a lot of instructional videos. You can pull out the barre in front of the TV and put it back when you’re done. Another good reason to get a portable barre is that someone can stand on either side of it, meaning you can practice with a friend (as with every other kind of exercise, it’s always good to have a friend there to urge you on!).

Please feel free to contact us for beginner ballet barre advice.  We'd be very pleased to listen to your needs, and suggest the right Boss Ballet Barre for you.

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